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The Angry Summer

A Poem of 1926

By (author) Idris Davies
Volume editor Anthony Conran
Introduction by Anthony Conran
Format: Paperback
Publisher: University of Wales Press, Wales, United Kingdom
Published: 4th May 1993
Dimensions: h 200mm
ISBN-10: 070831080X
ISBN-13: 9780708310809
Barcode No: 9780708310809
Through the voices of ordinary people caught up in the struggle, "The Angry Summer" graphically illustrates the plight of the miners and their families during the six-month-long miners' strike of 1926 - 'the summer of soups and speeches'. Idris Davies himself left school at the age of fourteen to become a miner and it was the strike of 1926 that forced him to look elsewhere for work. He is perhaps the most authentic socialist poet of the inter-war years to write in English, because he speaks out of the experience of his own working-class community. This volume presents for the first time a properly annotated edition of the poem, an introduction by Tony Conran explaining the biographical, historical and literary background, and is also illustrated with photographs, newspaper cuttings and eyewitness accounts.

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," . . Tony Conran"s informative commentary goes way beyond what is strictly necessary for comprehension, and makes fascinating reading in itself." -New Welsh Review